Visiting the Japanese Maple Grove

Posted by Francesca

If you love Japanese Maples, then you know that autumn is when those lovely trees put on an amazing display.  You may recall just over a year ago when Sharkey and I blogged about how we filmed the planting of the grove.  Well, I guess the planting was a big success because the trees seem to be very happy.  Please join us for a little stroll through the Japanese maple grove.

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Hey, Sharkey!  Let's go explore the Japanese maple grove.  I heard that it's aglow with autumn foliage.

1 Hey, Sharkey! Let's go explore the Japanese maple grove. I heard that it's aglow with autumn foliage.

It's a bit of a hike, but we're almost there.

2 It's a bit of a hike, but we're almost there.

Ah, yes, Franny.  This was a good idea.  The colors of those maples are amazing!

3 Ah, yes, Franny. This was a good idea. The colors of those maples are amazing!

These trees are so magical.  It seems that they change colors overnight!

4 These trees are so magical. It seems that they change colors overnight!

I love Acer Palmatum 'Winter Flame' - so aptly named because its green leaves turn a vivd yellow and its bark becomes bright coral red in winter.

5 I love Acer Palmatum 'Winter Flame' - so aptly named because its green leaves turn a vivd yellow and its bark becomes bright coral red in winter.

And I love Acer Palmatum 'Tamukeyama' - this is a lace-leaf maple that grows into a lovely umbrella shape - so nice for sitting under.

6 And I love Acer Palmatum 'Tamukeyama' - this is a lace-leaf maple that grows into a lovely umbrella shape - so nice for sitting under.

Acer Palmatum 'Osakazuki' - This famous cultivar is best known for its intense crimson fall color.  It's really stunning.

7 Acer Palmatum 'Osakazuki' - This famous cultivar is best known for its intense crimson fall color. It's really stunning.

That must be another 'Osakazuki'.  See what I mean about stunning?

8 That must be another 'Osakazuki'. See what I mean about stunning?

Hey, why are you laughing at me?  What's so funny, Francesca?

9 Hey, why are you laughing at me? What's so funny, Francesca?

Comments (12)

  • What a wonderful life you two and GK lead! How much fun it must be to have such a big, beautiful playground to romp around on. The Fall farm is looking gorgeous. Beautiful photos as always. :smile:

  • Good Morning F & S

    I just love Japanese Maples they are so beautiful especially this time of year. We have a really big one in our front yard and the color is so intense it looks like the tree is a ball of fire. Most of the leaves are off now and Dad will string lights all over it for Christmas, it looks really pretty.

    Well I'm going to assume that your friends the turkeys are all gone :( Mom and Dad eat turkey once a year and tomorrow is it. I prefer all the pies and desserts myself. Mom was suppose to do some baking last night but came home from work and her phone didn't stop ringing. We had dinner and she wasn't in a festive mood after resolving all the issues from the office so no baking for us :(

    I wish my mom could retire but she is only 50 and says she has many years to go unless she hits the lottery. I might start buying some of those lottery tickets and surprise her maybe I'll get a winner :)

    Well I wish all my friends at the Daily Wag a Happy Thanksgiving. If you have travel plans I wish you all a safe trip.

    Zoe

  • F&S, you are truly educated about Japanese Maples! Martha has done a fine job of turning you into sophisticated and refined Frenchie babes. Mom thinks the colors of the Japanese Maples are magnificent, and said she would love a grove of them in her yard. Could you come over and plant a patch for her? I promise great bones in return!

  • Oh yes indeed I remember the planting of the Maples...I love the lace-leaf Maple so much...I'm happy they survived and are doing well.

    May you all have a Wonderful Blessed Thanksgiving...

    Kitty and delia

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well we came home to the trees shedding. I know they do this one time a year; all the leaves are on the ground everywhere. Now how is one going to sneak up on a squirrel with all that crunching going on under foot? We don’t have any of those “Japanese Maples” in our yard, but the neighbors do have some. Boy would I like to visit those trees. When we walk, Daddy keeps me on the road and I don’t get to mark my trail. Just how does he expect others to know that I have been here? Daddy says that I should have a “Marksman” badge. Oh well, everyone have a good “Turkey” day.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    I love seeing you both with the Japanese Maples. You are sooooo smart about them. My favorite photo is of you Sharkey with the beautiful red leaf on your head. How striking of you. In Colorado we don't see as many of those Maples as you back East. We have lots of pine trees though.

    Everyone have a safe and yummy Thanksgiving!!

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Good morning everyone on the blog. First, I want to wish Francesca, Sharkey, and all the kitties and pups who write here, a very Happy Thanksgiving. Momma baked a couple of pies yesterday when we got home from the doctor. Of course she wouldn't give me some. She said it had too much sugar, blah, blah, blah! Oh well.....Hmmph!

    Tomorrow I will get some turkey and a little sweet potatoes. I love those things. Oh, and some carrots and a couple of string beans too. I can't wait!

    Momma said it is the first time in years that she really feels like cooking a big holiday meal since she retired. She sure has changed.

    By the way, I love those pretty trees. The colors are wonderful and they are just our size too. I would like to lay down and have a nap underneath one of them.

    Everyone have a great Thanksgiving. We are going to watch the parade and then eat and then watch movies. I am soooo very excited. Momma got her Christmas issue of Martha Stewart last week but didn't have time to look at it. Now she does. Yeah!!!

    Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi girls, beautiful trees. Have a Happy thanksgiving to everyone. From Rocky and all the Little Hooligans

  • Hi Girl Friends & G.K., You two girls sure did a great job helping plant those beautiful maple trees in the Japanese Maple Grove there on Martha's fantastic farm because they turned out superb and your photos of them now are also superb!!! We have one very old Japanese maple that looks just like the one in photo #6 and #9. It has lost all of it's leaves already because it's so cold here right now-20 degrees this morning. Hope everyone stays well and has a great Thanksgiving Day tomorrow! Love Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good evening. I loved looking at you and the pictures of the wonderful fall tree's. We didn't have much of a fall this year, all the leaves got blown off the trees during that Hurricane Igor up here in Newfoundland. Me being a beagle I miss smelling of the leaves when they are on the ground. Ok I love rolling all over in them to. Maybe next year. But at least I got to look at you having fun. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hopefully you'll get some treats. I'm on a diet so no unhealthy treats for me just carrots and apples. Love Alley

  • I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The trees, especially the Japanese maples look so beautiful and festive, like no one needs to bother putting up decorations for the holiday. The leaves had been very pretty here in Providence, where I spent my Thanksgiving with my new Mom and Dad and the Rockettes, but the recent wind and rain has sent them all to the ground. An ice skating rink has opened across the street from where we are staying, and we are enjoying watching the skaters. I will miss that when we move to Boston next week.

  • Great pictures! We planted a Japanese Maple in our front yard, but the colors aren't working - does it take a few years? I think ours is three years old now, and it's big and healthy, but never turns pretty colors like the other trees in our area.

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